The death toll from the Camp Fire in northern California increased to 71 people while 1,011 people are unaccounted for, the Butte County Sheriff said Friday. Sheriff Kory Honea cautioned the list is “dynamic” and will fluctuate.
Firefighters gained ground against the two deadly California wildfires on Friday but residents in northern parts of the state faced a new threat: the dirtiest air quality levels in the world.
Rain could help knock down the flames Tuesday evening but officials said it could also complicate efforts to find human remains. In some cases, search crews were finding little more than bones and bone fragments.
The “Camp Fire” all but leveled the town of Paradise and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on November 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings. It was 45 percent contained as of Friday evening and posed no immediate threat to populated areas.
In Southern California, more residents were being allowed back in their homes after the Woolsey Fire torched an area the size of Denver and destroyed more than 600 homes and other structures. The blaze was 69 percent contained by Friday night.
“I lost everything that I received from my mom, from my grandparents from the baby grand piano to china,” Ilene Mickens told CBS Los Angeles. “I lost my wedding album. I lost my children’s baby albums.”
California wildfire map
- Location: Butte County
- 146,000 acres burned
- 50 percent contained
- 71 fatalities confirmed
- 11,862 structures destroyed (including homes)
- Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
- 98,362 acres burned
- 69 percent contained
- 3 fatalities confirmed
- 616 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger
Air quality in Northern California becomes worst in the world
Smoke from California’s wildfires caused northern parts of the state to record the worst levels of air quality in the world, according to Purple Air. The levels in California exceeded cities in India and China.
Most schools in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Folsom said they would be closed Friday. At least six universities in Northern California canceled classes Thursday. San Francisco’s cable cars were shut down Friday to encourage residents and tourists to stay inside.
Dozens still hospitalized after California fire
Dozens of people are still hospitalized a week after a deadly wildfire broke out in Northern California. UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento said Friday that it’s treated 11 people injured in the wildfire that largely destroyed the town Paradise and killed dozens.
Spokeswoman Pamela Wu said nine remain hospitalized. One person is in critical condition, one is in serious condition and eight others are in fair condition.
The hospital’s chief burn surgeon told KRON-TV that most patients had burns over 20 to 50 percent of their bodies.
Enloe Medical Center in Chico treated 49 patients who evacuated from a hospital in Paradise. Hospital spokeswoman Andrea Gleason says numerous others were admitted for fire-related injuries, but the staff hasn’t kept track of the exact number of patients.